The importance of being obsessive

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“The Desk Set” (1957) with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn

My Mother was a Werewolf

The high school I went to was a Nun-run college prep school, hence, the term, “preppy”.  Back then Connecticut was loaded with private prep schools and if you were from Connecticut all young adults were considered to be “preppies”. Continue reading

A Connecticut Yankee

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George Bernard Brainard was a born and raised Connecticut Yankee. By the time he reached thirty, he was a billionaire and he owned his own quaint village just next door to Mystic Seaport. His village was named Brainard, of course–his mother’s family name. Continue reading

Sins of the father

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Arthur Arensdorf and 11 other members of a jury of peers, convicted Richard Nixon’s grandfather, Dick the trickster, who lived 525 years ago, for gross negligence which led to the suicide death of Leonard Hoffman, former owner of the Watergate Tavern and Inn. Continue reading

Massacre on Mars

“Captain Hong?  Can you see this on your screen?  It’s on Hatch 3.”

“Roger that, Albright.  Looks like an insect of some kind.  It’s big!”

“I can see it on my heads up.  It’s 45.7 cm in length.  It’s a foot and a half long, Hong!  Anyone got a can of RAID?” Continue reading

We have control of your…

“Okay, Adagio,  I’m going out.  You be a good kitty and daddy will be home soon.  I’ll bring you a treat.  Bye sweetie.”

We’re out of catnip, remember?  Oh, could you get me some more of that fishy gravy stuff I like so much?

“What?”

Maxwell Thompson thinks he has everything in control in his life. What he doesn’t know, is that the cat has been controlling him for the past several years and has finally decided to let Maxwell in on it.  Telepathy is only part of the story for Maxwell Thompson in:  The Outer Twilight Zone Limits. Continue reading

Supplanting evolution

Dr. Illyana Davinich knew she was making the right decision by altering the ship’s course to the small island off the coast of Borneo.  She had convinced Vladimir Dragonovic, Captain of the Russian research vessel, Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, that it was necessary for humanity’s survival to thwart Dr. Papadopoulos’ heinous initiative: the supplanting of the human species by super insects. Continue reading

Flash Fiction Challenge #8 – Moved

Lily had never experienced anything like it before. She instinctively knew what it was but waited for the Doctor’s receptionist to say it:  “temblor,”  earthquake!  The receptionist gestured for her to leave.   Lily didn’t hesitate and ran out of the building to the sidewalk.  People were running but there didn’t seem to be any panic about them. There was no noise; no screams. She was surprised that it wasn’t difficult to keep her balance.  She had expected it to be like trying to walk on the deck of a rolling ship.  It wasn’t like that at all. The ground didn’t move– the world moved.

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War of the Worlds (radio drama)

Image  Adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel, The War of the Worlds (1898) was dramatized over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network for the Mercury Theatre on the Air series on October 30, 1938. It was performed as a Halloween episode and was a 62-minute show, without breaks.  It was directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker, Orson Welles. The adaptation was broadcast from Madison Avenue in New York City. Continue reading